summary judgment

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Noun1.summary judgment - a judgment rendered by the court prior to a verdict because no material issue of fact exists and one party or the other is entitled to a judgment as a matter of law
judicial decision, judgment, judgement - (law) the determination by a court of competent jurisdiction on matters submitted to it
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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She scratches her head while reading defense counsel's report -- the third one today -- where she's asked to authorize filing a motion for summary judgment on an automobile liability claim.
A motion for summary judgment ("MSJ") is a request for the court to rule that the plaintiff has no case, since no facts are disputed.
Despite their textual similarities, winning a motion for summary judgment in Alaska state court is considerably more difficult than in federal court.
The text of the federal and Alaska summary judgment rules are nearly identical.
It hardly needs saying that summary judgment has been a
1950s against the suggestion that summary judgment was inherently
COURT'S OPINION: As required by law, the appellate court was required to review the motions for summary judgment de novo.
Milton argued that the hospital's motion for summary judgment failed to shift the burden to him, because it failed to disprove an element of his cause of action against the hospital.
Summary judgment applications are liable to fail wherever there is a genuine dispute of fact, which the Court can decide only by hearing evidence from witnesses at a full trial.
Except in these relatively unusual circumstances, both landlords and tenants should generally avoid making applications for summary judgment in contested lease renewal claims, unless they can genuinely be justified and are of tactical value.
Edward Nord, who was also named as a defendant in the case, sought an order granting summary judgment dismissing the complaint against him on the basis that he did not depart from good and accepted medical practice during his care and treatment of Paul, and that the action against him was time barred.

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